RESPONSE FORMS NEEDED
We very much appreciate all of you who have quickly returned the Response Form included in your football season ticket packet. It is very important that we have these forms by the Feb. 6 deadline. The Response Form tells us how you will be selecting your seats and if you're interested in group seating.
FORT WORTH'S TEAM
We hosted a group of city leaders earlier this week to discuss next football season and the impact our move to the Big 12 will have on Fort Worth. It was very productive, helpful and encouraging to see the community support and excitement for TCU. We'll keep you posted on the developments as a TCU home game will become a true weekend event for our city.
We have started a Season Ticket Holder Rewards Program in men's basketball. Season-ticket holders who simply use their tickets at the remainder of our home conference games are entered into a raffle to win prizes. If the season ticket holder cannot attend, they can simply give someone their tickets and they continue to increase their chances at winning. A raffle will be held at the final home game on March 3 versus nationally-ranked San Diego State. Prizes include TCU basketball gear, Fast Break Club passes, a $200 Del Frisco's gift card and single-game parking for select Big 12 basketball games next season.
How about our rifle program! Please take notice of our outstanding student-athletes under the direction of head coach Karen Monez. They not only set the pace in the classroom with the highest grade-point average among our sports, but at the range as well. We're ranked No. 1 and have won a nation's-best 26 consecutive regular-season matches. We shot a school-record score in defeating No. 2 Kentucky last Saturday in a match-up of the last two national champions. We host traditional power West Virginia Saturday.
The construction crews continue their excellent pace at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The escalators are in on the west side, while pier work continues on the east side. With walls going up and interior framing taking place, everything is really starting to take shape. At the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility, new graphics are now up to honor our rich tradition and history. With baseball season being just around the corner, our crews are hard at work preparing Lupton Stadium for the Feb. 17 season-opening series with Ole Miss.
Congratulations to three of our rookies in the NFL whose seasons are still going. Marcus Cannon and Malcolm Williams are headed to the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, while Andy Dalton is in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl.
ON THE DOCKET
We have a lot of entertainment options for you tonight. The season opener for men's tennis is indoors at 5:30 p.m. against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, women's swimming and diving has its Senior Night at 6 p.m. versus SMU at the Rec Center, while men's basketball hosts Air Force in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, women's tennis has 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. home matches versus Texas State and Lamar, respectively, while women's basketball has a 12 noon contest with New Mexico in the DMC. There's also the rifle contest all day with West Virginia.
SIGNING DAY NEARS
Our Football Signing Day reception is nearing a sellout. Limited tickets remain available. This popular event begins with a reception at 5 p.m. in the Brown-Lupton University Union Grand Ballroom with the program at 5:30. You can register at this LINK. Make sure to check our website next Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 1, for complete coverage of our 2012 football signing class, including a live stream of head coach Gary Patterson's 2 p.m. news conference. It will also be Signing Day for our soccer and track and field programs.
I'll be available Thursday at 3 p.m. to talk about anything on your mind with our next online chat. If you check our website, you'll notice that you can submit your questions in advance. These chats are a lot of fun for me and I hope you enjoy them as well.
The NCAA allows a student-athlete to be employed as long as the four basic rules of student-athlete employment are followed: 1.) Student-athletes must only be paid for work actually performed, meaning you can't be paid if you don't work. 2.) Student-athletes may only get paid at the going rate of pay for that job. 3.) Student-athletes may not use their reputation as an athlete to benefit the employer, meaning you can't be hired because of your athletic ability or reputation. 4.) Student-athletes cannot promote a commercial product or service.
KEEP IN TOUCH
Please let us know if you ever have any questions or concerns regarding our program. This is also your program and we value your feedback. We welcome all calls and emails.
Christopher M. Del Conte
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics